O'Brien's bravery helps rescue brother

Just the thought of having a child kidnapped is every parent’s worst nightmare, and for one Los Angeles Jr. Kings family recently it became all too real but averted thanks to the heroism of two courageous individuals.

Earlier this week, 4-year-old Grady O'Brien and 6-year-old brother Brendan, a member of the Jr. Kings’ Mite B2 team, were walking home from school with their nanny in Westchester when a man approached them, assaulted the nanny and grabbed young Grady and began to run away.

Championing both bravery and intellect, Brendan immediately began screaming and ran home to alert his father, Tom, of the situation. At the same time, a man working at a nearby restaurant, Jesus Delgado, heard Brendan’s calls for help and instinctually and successfully chased down the suspect, who was later arrested.

With the entire family, including mother Geneva, back home together safe and sound and no serious physical harm caused to the nanny, the horrific scare the O’Brien’s experienced should emphasize to everyone in the Jr. Kings family to teach our children to be aware of their surroundings and how to react and respond in similar situations, because it can happen any place, any time.

It’s also an opportunity to step back and reflect on what’s most important in our lives, and that’s family. Most of us would admit we’re very fortunate to get caught up in the daily grind of what are ultimately trivial pursuits like work and hockey, but recounting the O’Brien’s story and how their lives could have easily been flipped upside down within seconds should remind all of us to value our loved ones, especially our kids; give them a hug, and reinforce to them how much they mean to you.

And Delgado’s act of courage isn’t going unnoticed in the locally community, and rightfully so.

The Moms of Westchester and Playa del Rey’s Facebook has launched a “Hero Reward” page on GoFundMe.com for Delgado, who has a 4-year-old daughter suffering from severe heart and brain complications.

To make a donation - all proceeds will benefit Delgado and his family - visit http://www.gofundme.com/jesus--westchester-hero.

Thanks in part to our generous and tight-knit Jr. Kings family, the fund has raised over $13,000 in just a few days.

The parent Los Angeles Kings have also stepped forward to acknowledge the O’Briens and Delgados.

Both families have been invited to and will attend Monday’s Kings-Montreal Canadiens game at Staples Center, and afterwards will have the opportunity to meet Kings players.